10 Feb 2020, 15:38


Rob Nugen

Find joy in your life by getting out of your head and into your body.

Rob conducts workshops and meetings giving people skills to connect with each other and with their personal life mission.

Rob has been running a men’s peer counseling group in Tokyo since 2015. Rob has been conducting spiritual workshops in both Tokyo and Kanagawa.

As a long-term resident in Kanagawa, Rob is fully aware of both the joys and pitfalls of life in Japan. In the middle of work, relationships, and other commitments, it is easy to feel cut off, isolated, and eager to find something more meaningful.

My experience in counseling and facilitation work includes:

  • Leading Cuddle Party events
  • 12+ years attending and 6+ years leading a weekly peer counseling circle for men
  • 1+ year’s experience suicide hotline volunteer
  • 20+ years barefoot walking in Houston Texas and Tokyo Japan
  • Shamanic healing training
  • ShadowWork basic training

Your trusted guide

Doing inner emotional work, you should have a competent and trusted guide. Leading my Peer counseling circles has given me vast experience in navigating this territory.

My workshops let you explore what blocks you from offering the best of yourself to the world. Work through the emotions and allow your inner guidance to shine through.

Trainings and Certifications

  • ManKind Project Primary Integration Training. March 2021

  • ManKind Project Integration Group Facilitation Training. September 2020

  • Shadow Work Facilitator Training. October 2019

  • QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Gatekeeper Training Certification. May 2018 QPR is an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons.

  • ManKind Project Leadership Training 1 - The Container of Leadership March 2018

  • Lifeline Support Worker Certification. January 2018

  • ManKind Project Staff Training 1. October 2017

  • Young Religious Unitarian Universalist Youth Advisor 1998 - 2002

  • ManKind Project Primary Integration Training January 1998

  • ManKind Project New Warrior Training Adventure November 1997


I met Rob within a business setting and we set a little group up to be accountability buddies. During our group meetings I have gotten to know Rob well and have been continuously impressed by his clear presence, skills and generosity.

Recently, I was struggling with a mental blockage and Rob offered to guide me through a process to explore and resolve the blockage. Rob’s thoughtful and intuitive approach, combined with his grounding energy and gentle commitment to helping others to heal was super helpful in releasing the old pattern.

Anyone, who feels stuck and wants a helping hand or maybe just needs to be listened, would find a session with Rob beneficial. I highly recommend Rob!

– Anna Preuss, Dressage Rider & EA Coach

This circle is for anybody who want to share deep emotional things with like-minded people.

Sometimes in the city life, we feel shame in sharing our truest emotion. However, I love how in this space, Rob creates safe space for people to explore their genuine emotion.

In this space, we also listen to other people’s emotion and what they are going through.

Through this, I felt I am not alone and I liked how everyone was confronting themselves even if the topic can be challenging!

I recommend to anybody who want to connect and really explore their emotion and what they are going through with people!

Rob has experience in giving space like this so I felt secure and safe to be guided. I like how he also let other people who are experienced to guide as well. He creates a space where every one is involved and feel safe to connect with their own selves!

– Jiaii Rin, Self-Love Coach

There are some moments in life that are so hard to (live in) and navigate. Recently I have been through a fair share of those moments.

The stress and confusion that those moments cause me stops / has been stopping me from taking action and from any attempts of problem solving. It may sound like a cliche, but the reality is that it makes me stuck.

Rob’s patience and attentive listening creates a safe space for me to open up and helped me to gain insight into the “tangled mess” of my feelings.

Patiently guiding me through, peeling layer by layer, Rob helped me to focus on myself and my feelings, and to create more clarity about how the life stresses had affected me.

Rob created a safe and open space where I could talk through some overwhelming feelings, which are difficult to talk about, or even to think about, in a daily life.

I would recommend Rob to anyone who is willing to open up about their struggles, and who is open to receive gentle support to untangle emotional messes that are caused by living this thing called LIFE.

– Joanna Black